What a lovely Christmas present to find out that Adele, at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop in Washington has recommended The Beggar’s Opera! Here’s what she says:
“The Beggar’s Opera by Peggy Blair is the first novel in a new mystery series featuring Inspector Ricardo Ramirez head of the Havana Major Crimes Unit. When his grandmother died, she said she was passing a gift to him but Ramirez is convinced he is dying from a rare dementia that he thinks killed her. Inspector Ramirez sees ghosts of victims from his unsolved cases. Some he doesn’t even know about yet.
“In the meantime, he has only seventy-two hours to secure an indictment and prevent a vicious killer from leaving Cuba. The law in Cuba is that you must have an indictment within seventy-two hours or the suspect is free to leave. Inspector Ramirez is looking for the killer of a young boy found by a fisherman. While he looks, the child is always with him.
“I found this novel smart with what felt like an insight into what it must be like to live in Cuba. With the embargo, the supplies needed for almost everything are hard to obtain, Castro’s laws seem arbitrary, but the country’s resilience and beauty remain. I look forward to more installments in this intelligent and provocative series.”